Posted November 19, 2019 08:03:40It’s been just over a month since the news broke that the world was in the midst of a major pandemic.
With the virus now raging across the globe, it was only a matter of time before we heard a few things about the condition that can affect pregnant women.
But how many of those things were true?
Here are five of the more disturbing pregnancy stories.1.
A woman who was in her 30s was diagnosed with toxoplasmosis at the end of 20162.
A pregnant woman who lived in a rural community was diagnosed last year3.
A mother who had to move after giving birth to a baby with a severe congenital heart defect was diagnosed in February 20174.
A man in his 50s who was on medication for his anxiety disorder was diagnosed at the beginning of October5.
A 40-year-old man was diagnosed during a hospital stay after he was bitten by a rabid dog in November 2016It’s a grim reality for many pregnant women, but there’s hope.
Dr Paul McInnes, a specialist in paediatric infectious diseases at University College London, says while the majority of women diagnosed with the disease will recover from the infection, some will develop lifelong disabilities such as deafness and mental impairment.
“In some cases, the disability may last for the rest of their lives,” he says.
“It’s very common in those with multiple congenital malformations or conditions such as Down syndrome.”
A woman in her mid-30s with a history of pregnancy complications is diagnosed with Toxoplasmic Anaemia (TPA) in February, 2019.
“Pregnant Women Assistance Scheme”Dr McInnsons clinic has treated a number of pregnant women with the condition.
“Some are diagnosed early on, in their mid-thirties and older, and have a lot of residual symptoms,” he explains.
“Others will have some residual symptoms but have recovered from the initial infection.”
Pregnancy complications can be severe in some cases and the women have to cope with the illness at home, in an assisted living facility, or at home alone.
“They also have to deal with the stigma that pregnancy causes.”
“The best advice we can give pregnant women is to stay hydrated, keep a close eye on their weight and exercise regularly.”
You can also take a number the medications that you’re prescribed, if you have them, to help with symptoms and prevent further complications.
“In March, a woman in Melbourne who had been in the intensive care unit for more than three months after contracting toxoplasma while pregnant was declared positive for the disease.
It’s understood the woman is now being monitored and treated in hospital.
Dr McIngnes says the condition can cause complications for pregnant women in different ways.
Toxoplasma infections in pregnant women have been reported to be particularly common among pregnant women who have a history and/or history of previous pregnancy complications.
In some of these cases, they may also develop preeclampsia, a condition where the body cannot properly absorb the fetal blood needed to sustain the foetus.
While some pregnant women may recover completely, others may experience lifelong problems such as mental retardation, speech problems, and hearing loss.
He says while pregnancy complications may affect the developing foetus, the most severe complication is the death of the foetal foetus if the infection continues for longer than 48 hours.”
If the mother survives the infection but the foat continues to be born alive, the foal may have to be resuscitated and then there is a risk of severe complications of the infection that can develop as the foatal foetus develops,” Dr McIngsons says.
A pregnant woman in Queensland in October, 2019 was diagnosed early in March with TPA, after a severe illness caused her to become very ill.
After returning to Brisbane, the woman was transferred to the Brisbane Hospital.
Her condition deteriorated over the next few weeks and she died on March 27.
Dr McIinnes says while he cannot speak to how she died, it’s likely her death was due to the severe infection.
Another pregnant woman was in hospital with TPH in June, 2019, after suffering a miscarriage.
She later developed a severe form of the disease and died in hospital on July 15.
The conditions of the two women are not known, but Dr McInnis says it’s important to remember that all pregnant women should be monitored for signs and symptoms of pregnancy-related complications.”
We also need to remember the best advice is to keep a very close eye and monitor the condition of the patient,” he adds.
There are also two ways to treat toxoplasmas: antibiotics, or anti-infection drugs